May 10, 2018 Subject:
Seinfeld 1.0- A Very Fun But Not Always User Friendly Hypercard
Seinfeld 1.0 Stack
Denny Crall published the Seinfeld 1.0 HyperCard stack on May 5th, 1994. This stack is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the Seinfeld TV series that aired beginning in the late 1980s and into the late 1990s. The TV show was enormously popular and has gathered a cult a following, which is why I am not surprised by the creation of this stack. The purpose of this stack is to provide information on the TV series. The stack has an index of all the different cards it is comprised of so you can easily scroll and find the information you desire. Each main character has a card designated to themselves with a short witty bio. Above is a screen shot of Jerry’s card, which is the 10th card of the stack. (sorry if the screenshot does not appear). The card has information about him, which includes that he can tell by just looking at people if they wear slippers. Along with cards for each main character this stack contains pictures of the characters in all the main setting of the show including Jerry’s apartment and Monk’s Café, while also including pictures of the cast together on set.
The Seinfeld 1.0 HyperCard is a comprised on 24 different cards that you can scroll through to see different visuals and read various quotes and information about the characters. The index is a very helpful component because it allows you to jump to any card you would like without having to scroll through the cards you have no interest in. This stack like many of the stacks in this archive has its bugs and glitches that can make it hard to use at times. The most glaring glitch that I could not seem to fix or make-work was that the emulator would not allow me to see the stack in full screen. You can notice this on the screenshot of Jerry’s card. The picture of Jerry is cut off and it is like this in every card. Many of the pictures were not viewable because most of the photo is cut off. This was very frustrating because many of the cards are just pictures so they were basically useless. Other then not being able to expand the screen this stack was very helpful and fun to use. The cards were organized very well with relevant information and photos. I was surprised at the detail of some of the bios and how witty they were. The creator obviously loves this show and did his research. This stack also shows us that like today, people loved creating things with computers in the time of HyperCards. Computing culture was more of a fringe society in this time but we can see where it was and how it has evolved over the years and become a norm in society.